The Nigeria Integrity Group (NIG) has described as “rascally lies and fictional tales” engineered by Peoples Gazette newspaper and Farooq Kperogi, targeted at Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff.
The group which describes Kperogi as a “serial regime hater” pointed out that, ‘the Peoples Gazette, the mendacious rag founded by surrogates of a leading opposition political party and funded by one of its potential presidential aspirants for the 2023 Presidential election, went on overdrive a couple of months back when it published a totally discredited muck-rate about Prof. Gambari and his son’.
NIG stated that the story was contained in a poorly written, ill-researched beer parlour gossip fit for the dustbin but which, of course, made the day of sick soul who wallow in dirt and putrescence.
NIG’s position which was contained in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, Tuesday, and was jointly signed by Comrade Abdullahi Namadi Adamu, the National Coordinator, Prince Emmanuel Aguibe, National Secretary and Elder Ayo Bolaji, Director of Operations maintained that the group saw a few days ago, Farooq Kperogi’s imaginative flight of fancy in attempt to breathe life into story dead on arrival by inventing a fictional narrative about how it was Prof. Gambari who is behind People Gazette’s alleged media troubles.
NIG also emphasised that, “both Kperogi and the rag sheet he is defending trade on blackmail, are not far away from the dark and rotten money that powers their relentless, bitter and unremitting angst against President Buhari, Prof. Gambari and the present administration, and are ever faithful lapdogs and errand boys of Nigeria’s leading opposition political party noted for its legendary intellectual laziness and rich history of sleaze, corruption and graft”.
The rest of the statement reads: “Prof. Gambari is a breath of fresh air in governance circle and is already lauded for building on the achievement of his predecessor in positioning the Buhari Presidency for greater heights in grounding its vision and legacy.
“There is no doubt that while Peoples Gazette already in deep trouble for vicious lies against the Governor of Ebonyi State and Kperogi dwell in the putrid catacombs of muck- rakings and tale-telling, Prof. Gambari is helping to anchor the government’s proactive responses to the covid-19 pandemic, retooling the nation’s security and defense architecture and the core personnel that is driving it, and implementing substantive protocols that are sustaining the economy in the world of unparalleled challenges.
“Prof. Gambari is a well regarded and highly respected global citizen whose decades of tremendous accomplishments are almost peerless. He is bringing to bear in governance these decades of effective leadership and no amount of money induced lamentations by Kperogi and Peoples Gazette will deter him from serving President Buhari and the Nigerian people with vigour, zeal and uncommon commitment.
“While we warn the duo of Kperogi and Peoples Gazette to ply their dark trade and sell their dirty tales else where we will not hesitate to expose them, their patrons, the dark fund that is fuelling their animus against president Buhari and the fifth columnists who are aiding and abetting their unpatriotic acts, from the current path of infamy, they are threading to the anticipated season of sleaze they will unleash on the system as Femi Adesina warned not too long ago”
Group Backs Call For EFCC, ICPC’s Probe Of Kogi Gov
A socio-political group in Kogi State under the auspices of Progressives Mandate Movement (PMM) has expressed support for the call by the Anti-Corruption Network (ACN) to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), for the investigation of allegations of financial mismanagement and corruption against Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.
It would be recalled that a former Kogi West Senator, Dino Melaye, had earlier in the week on behalf of the ACN petitioned the EFCC, ICPC, Transparency International, US Ambassador to Nigeria and the British High Commissioner to Nigeria over “financial recklessness, corruption, money laundering and fraudulent application of Kogi State’s resources” by Governor Bello and his cronies.
The group, however, alleged that Governor Bello had received over of N300 billion from the Federation Account in the last five years without reasonable or tangible achievement to show for it.
In a statement issued by the PMM chairman, Comrade Musa Enejo Stephens, in Lokoja on Thursday, the group urged the EFCC to expedite action on the investigation into the alleged financial management in Kogi State government under Governor Bello administration even as he said Bello has committed financial crimes against the people of the State.
According to him, “Yahaya Bello’s government has blindfolded the people of the State with series of lies since all this while on the allocation accrued to the State from Federation Account and as well mismanaged the huge resources accrued to the State which is against the spirit of openness, fairness, justice and accountability promised the people by All Progressives Congress APC led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari government.
“Governor Bello has plunged Kogi State into debt regime which the State may not recover from, in the next 10 years and Mr. Governor failed to give tangible explanations on how funds from federation account like; State allocation, Local Government, Allocation, Paris Refund, Bailouts Funds and Internally Generated Revenue accrued to the State and other,” he added.
Stephens, therefore, charged the newly appointed EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, to prove himself to Nigerians by commencing and expediting action by prosecuting those involved in the crimes detailed by the ACN petition.
He threatened that if the anti-graft agencies failed in their duty to act and do justice on behalf of Kogi people, the group will have no other option than to mobilise the people from the 21 local government areas of the State to the headquarters of the commission in Abuja and stage a protest.
He said Kogi State is now the new ATM for political jobbers of all sorts, saying all manner of characters troop to the state in number to declare support for governor Bello’s delusional ambition to become president in 2023.
He pointed out that presently, the state meagre resources were now being spent on Governor Bello’s presidential ambition on media advertorial including print media, electronics, outdoor billboards across the country even though it’s illegal to do such now as it contravenes the Electoral Act.
The PMM chairman commended the Minister of FCT Abuja and Kano State governor for ordering the removal of such billboards in their domains.
Group Berates Ayeni Over Calumny Campaign Against Okunbo
A group, National Youth Alliance of Nigeria (NYAN), has berated businessman, Dr. Olatunde Ayeni, over what it called his “campaign of calumny” against the chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited (OMS), Capt. Idahosa Wells Okunbo.
NYAN said Ayeni, a former director and shareholder of OMS, contacted the group for a hatchet job against the person and business interests of Capt. Okunbo, especially the OMS.
National President of NYAN, Lucky Igbamodi, told journalists at a press conference that the group was hired to launch scathing campaigns against Capt. Okunbo in order to malign him through fictitious petitions and peddling of outright falsehoods.
Igbamodi said NYAN subsequently carried out its own investigation and found out that all allegations against Capt. Okunbo and OMS were untrue as they were fabricated for sinister motives by Ayeni.
“Making our stand public becomes necessary now lest the unsuspecting members of the public be misled about the real issues. Dr. Olatunde Ayeni mistook our group for agents of destruction for hire and we listened to him and carried our own investigations to ascertain the truth.
“We found out several things which point to a documented fact and established truth – that Dr. Olatunde Ayeni has since 2018 left the Board of OMS and as well sold his shares to Capt. Idahosa Wells Okunbo but only returns to launch a campaign of calumny against the latter just because Capt. Okunbo has a health challenge.
“Nigerians and non-governmental organisations should be wary of Dr. Olatunde Ayeni’s antics, which are all in bad faith and unbecoming of a businessman he claims to be,” Igbamodi added.
While wishing Capt. Okunbo quick recovery, the group admonished the Board of OMS to continue to support Okunbo and always stand by the truth as it has demonstrated so far.
Apologise To Abia Gov Or Face Recall, Kogi West Youths Tell Adeyemi
A group called Concerned Kogi West Youths has called on the Senator representing Kogi West, Smart Adeyemi, to immediately apologise to Abia State governor, Victor Ikpeazu, over his uncomplimentary comment on the latter or face recall from the Senate.
A statement issued by the group and signed Mr Michael Oluwaseun Bolorunduro on Monday said Senator Adeyemi must apologise to the Abia governor and the people of Abia State within seven days or be ready for the consequence.
The youths, however, apologised on behalf of the Kogi West people to Governor Ikpeazu for the “behaviour” of Senator Adeyemi on the floor of the Senate during a debate on the Safe School Initiative agaisnt the backdrop of incessant attacks on schools by bandits in the North last week.
“We the concerned Kogi West Youth are writing to apologise for the behaviour of the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Smart Adeyemi, recently on the floor of the Hallowed Chamber.
“It took us this long to react or respond to his ungentlemanly attitude because the character trait that he displayed is alien to our culture in Kogi West. We tried to know reasons for such reactions and alas, we couldn’t find any justifiable and sensible reason for such.
“We, too, were personally shocked and offended by his actions and utterances which were a direct contravention of the values of dignity and good mannerism that we teach in our locality.
“We all know that emotions can get heated, but it does not excuse the language and behavior of our representative,” the group said.
They added that they as “wise constituents” have decided “to right the wrong of the malady and public show of shame as displayed by Senator Smart Adeyemi” to apologise and as well demand apology from Adeyemi.
“It is on this note that we demand that Senator Smart Adeyemi within seven days apologise at the same Hallowed Chamber of the Senate for his uncontrollable utterances against the governor and people of Abia State or face recal,” Bolorunduro declared.
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